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NGC 1981 Facts

NGC 1981 is an open star cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 1,300.00 light years away in the constellation of Orion.

It is also referred to as NGC(1981) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue. NGC 1981 was discovered in 1827 by John Herschel.

The Open Star Cluster's location is 05:35:09.6 (R.A.) and -04:25:30 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 4.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 28.00 . The object can be seen with the naked eye from Earth, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Travel Time to NGC 1981

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807361,184,513,067.53
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2691,136,239,855.51
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54568,119,187.31
New Horizons Probe33,00026,418,230.84
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,300.00

Fact File

NameNGC 1981
TypeOpen Star Cluster
NGC Id1981
Right Ascension05:35:09.6
Distance (Lt.Yr)1,300
Apparent Dimension28.00
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1827
DiscovererJohn Herschel

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